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Ending child detention?

The new coalition Government have now published their agreed policy priorities and within the document is a commitment to “end the detention of children for immigration purposes”. This is a huge step forward for the campaign and for every one of you who has helped demand this change. Click here to read the full coalition […]

SERCO: Stop Locking up Children!

Press Release Tuesday 11 MAY 1.30PM At Serco’s annual meeting in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall this morning Dr Frank Arnold, torture scars expert and Serco shareholder asked the following question: ‘Serco is expanding its activities in Healthcare to include NHS hospital management, polyclinics and GP services. At the same time, the company is receiving serious […]

Post Election Blues

A new government, a new Home Secretary Theresa May, Tory MP for Maidenhead, has been appointed as the new Home Secretary. It should come as no surprise that May is assessed on the Public Whip website by her voting record as someone who: “believes that the asylum system should be stricter by tightening the criteria […]

Uganda: The silent practice of deportations

Pambazuka News – pan-African voices for freedom and justice Currently, most deportees come from the UK, and the UK considers deportations to Uganda safe and legal due to assurances offered by President Yoweri Museveni. However, the personal accounts relayed to our office match a general pattern documented by experts and journalists: ‘A failed asylum seeker, […]

Volcano saves lives: deportation flights cancelled

Last week the deportation charter flight to Nigeria was cancelled. Today, Bita Ghaedi was saved from removal to Iran, and tomorrow’s charter flight to Cameroon is off. A brief respite, but people are still in detention. The UK Border Agency will try again, and the airlines will carry out their dirty work, making money flying […]

High Court rules Iraqis’ detention unlawful

Two Iraqis have won a judicial review against the Home Office in a test case which may benefit many others who could not and cannot be deported or removed to Iraq. Pierce Glynn represented Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Omer who were detained for 14 months and 20 months respectively after they had completed sentences for […]

LGBT asylum claims are being refused

Damning report says practically all UK LGBT asylum claims are being refused; Border Agency “cruel and discriminatory” LGBT Asylum News, Tuesday, 13 April 2010 The UK Home Office tells those fleeing this for UK asylum to return, ‘relocate’ and ‘be discrete’. According to the UK’s lesbian and gay asylum and immigration charity the UK Lesbian […]

Yarl's Wood human rights challenge

Mark Townsend, The Observer, Sunday 11 April 2010 Could this woman’s fight change the way Britain treats asylum seekers? Most of the desperate mothers who are held at Yarl’s Wood are quickly deported: now four of them are taking the Home Office to court, citing violations of their human rights amid nightmarish conditions. Last month, […]